It borders on medical malpractice

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 80 percent of adults and about one-third of children now meet the clinical definition of overweight or obese.
  • The medical community’s primary response to this shift has been to blame fat people for being fat.
  • Medical students receive an average of just 19 hours of nutrition education over four years of instruction—five hours fewer than they got in 2006.

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FDA DTC guidelines are dated

  • Fair balance in TV commercials is largely ignored.
  • Today, people go online for health information and go to pharma product websites BEFORE requesting an Rx.
  • The “safety page” on pharma websites is still one of the top page views of the website visitors, but they find the content to hard to understand and confusing.
  • Online health seekers are turning to social media more and more to share their experiences with prescription drugs.

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In an effort to change healthcare we forgot about doctors

  • 80% of physicians are at full capacity or are overextended.
  • 62% are pessimistic about the future of medicine.
  • 78% sometimes, often or always experience feelings of burnout.
  • 23% of physician time is spent on non-clinical paperwork.
  • 31% of physicians’ patients do not consistently adhere to their treatment plans
  • 88% of physicians indicate that some, many or all of their patients have a social situation (poverty, unemployment, etc.) that poses a serious impediment to their health. Only 1% of physicians indicate that none of their patients have a social situation that poses a serious impediment to their health.

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On pharma companies: culture, people and profits

  • Pharma companies are making record profits and spending tens of millions of dollars on lobbying.
  • Pharma CEO’s have become detached from patients and now tend to see Wall Street as their primary customers.
  • Millennial’s working in pharma “expect to be laid off” and therefore they aren’t dedicated to the industry.
  • Despite company cultures there are many good people within the pharma industry who fight every day for patients.
  • No industry can be customer centric without good people who care about their customers.

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Cardiologists not on board with Apple watch

  • Cardiologist says Apple Watch’s new ECG functionality could be “unbelievably helpful” for AFib patients, but expresses “shock” at FDA clearance since “I haven’t seen any data on it.” Could revolutionize care — or clog ERs with false alarms.
  • According to the Food and Drug Administration, which cleared Apple’s monitor and electrocardiogram applications, the continuous monitoring and notification app isn’t for people under age 22 or those diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.

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PhRMA defines the word “chutzpah”

  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology sales revenue increased from $534 billion to $775 billion between 2006 and 2015. Additionally, 67% of drug companies increased their annual profit margins during the same period—with margins up to 20 percent for some companies in certain years. (Source: GAO)
  • Pharmaceutical companies continue to rake in the highest profit margins.
  • Eight of the 15 highest net profit margins were at drug companies.
  • Yet PhRMA has launched a social media campaign to point the finger at hospitals.

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Half of all deaths from cancer are associated with preventable risk factors

  • In the United States, 4 out of 10 cancer cases and almost half of all deaths from cancer are associated with preventable risk factors.
  • Nearly 20 percent of U.S. cancer diagnoses are related to excess body weight, alcohol intake, poor diet, and physical inactivity.
  • Many cases of skin cancer could be prevented by protecting the skin from ultraviolet radiation from the sun and indoor tanning devices. (Source: AACR Cancer Report 2018)

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